There is moment when he sees her (or think he sees her) in the courtroom as the verdict is read, and she unfolds her legs and stands to leave because she got what she came for. She is smaller without the city at her feet like a lover’s bauble; a simple fur out of time with the world- and he wonders briefly, if it was back from when the King walked, and breathed and lived.
But she stands there, with a tiny bit of cruel pride as they meet their eyes and he knows it’s not about the millions he made disappear, or the man he helped kill one way or another. She just wanted to see the Kingdom fall- as much to prove to the Bankroll’s ghost as his heir- the game’s over.
There was a world once- that was theirs but isn’t anymore. The citadel is breached.
The party’s gone dry.
And like Guinevere in the stories- she walks out of the courtroom and disappears into the city. Like they all will, in time.
MARCH 5, 2012 4 NOTES
flower language has always been an intense source of disappointment for me
like, they all mean really generic things like “love” or “forever” or “i’m sorry”
i thought you could combine flowers
like you could just send someone a bouquet and from the combination of hibiscus and posies and tulips they’d understand “the rebel leader is dead, rendezvous at the docks at 8, bring the dog, you will need lighter fluid and a large tomato”
I really hope no one’s answered this for you yet, I saw this and got so excited that my obscure knowledge base might come into use. I had to stretch a few flowers so to speak but Victorian flower language allows for alteration in meaning depending on colour, fruit, flower, bud, steam, leaves and thorns, so I didn’t feel I was too far out of line. This message would work best as two bouquets bound together. First red Nasturtium with no leaves (red denotes a leader, the nasturtium a patriot) mixed with white or red Mask Flowers (rebellion, red if you want to emphasize fighting, white martyrdom) around Cypress (death). Then Chick weed (rendezvous) and Blue Convolvulus (night) surrounded by eight White Popular Leaves (symbolises the time: eight), Yellow Iris (flame, and a flower that grows by rivers) and Yellow Prarie Dock Flowers (this was closest I could find to docks)and one large Tomato Leaf, all bound in Dogwood Bark. Dogwood represents deceit, but as far as I could find the bark wasn’t used symbolically, and as you referred to the dog instead of a dog, I thought it was likely the pun should be a dead giveaway.
So there’s your rebel message!